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Wild Wales

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Download Chapter 1: Proposed Excursion audio
Download Chapter 2: The Start, Peterborough, Birmingham audio
Download Chapter 4: Chester, Camp-meeting audio
Download Chapter 5: Chester, Book-Stall, Wrexham audio
Download Chapter 6: Llangollen, the Dee audio
Download Chapter 7: Llangollen, Lodgings audio
Download Chapter 8: The Robber’s Leap audio
Download Chapter 9: Llangollen, Pengwern audio
Download Chapter 10: The Berwyn audio
Download Chapter 11: Pont Fadog audio
Download Chapter 12: Pont y Cysswllt audio
Download Chapter 13: Llangollen, the Abbey of the Vale of the Cross audio
Download Chapter 14: Expedition to Ruthyn, the Column audio
Download Chapter 15: The Turf Tavern, Ruthyn audio
Download Chapter 16: Return from Ruthyn, Agricola’s Hill audio
Download Chapter 17: Llangollen, Plas Newydd, Llyn Ceiriog audio
Download Chapter 18: Llangollen, the Parish Clerk audio
Download Chapter 19: Llangollen, the Vicar, the Pool of Catherine Lingo, Robber’s Leap audio
Download Chapter 20: The Valley of Ceiriog, Huw Morris’s Chair, Pont y Meibion audio
Download Chapter 21: Pandy Teirw audio
Download Chapter 22: Llangollen Fair audio
Download Chapter 23: Pont y Pandy, Glendower’s Mount, Corwen audio
Download Chapter 24: The Rock of Heroes, the Italian at the Inn audio
Download Chapter 25: On the way to Bangor, the Irishman audio
Download Chapter 26: Pentre Voelas, the Conway, Swallow Falls, Capel Curig audio
Download Chapter 27: Bangor audio
Download Chapter 28: Menai bridges audio
Download Chapter 29: Snowdon, the Wyddfa audio
Download Chapter 30: Gronwy Owen audio
Download Chapter 31: Anglesea, Pentraeth Coch audio
Download Chapter 32: Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf, the Birthplace of Gronwy Owen audio
Download Chapter 33: The Inn at Pentraeth Coch audio
Download Chapter 34: Conversation at the Inn audio
Download Chapter 35: A Brilliant Morning audio
Download Chapter 36: Leaving Pentraeth Coch, Penmynnydd, Tomb of Owen Tudor audio
Download Chapter 37: Dyffryn Gaint audio
Download Chapter 38: The Inn at L-- audio
Download Chapter 39: Bound for Holy Head audio
Download Chapter 40: Caer Gybi audio
Download Chapter 41: The Pier audio
Download Chapter 42: Town of Holy Head, Pen Caer Gybi audio
Download Chapter 43: Bangor, Port Dyn Norwig, Caernarvon audio
Download Chapter 44: Pont Bettws, Llyn Cwellyn audio
Download Chapter 45: Inn at Bethgelert audio
Download Chapter 46: The Valley of Gelert audio
Download Chapter 47: Tan y Bwlch, Festiniog audio
Download Chapter 48: Mynydd Mawr and Mynydd Bach, Tref y Talcot audio
Download Chapter 50: The Tomen Bala audio
Download Chapter 51: Back at Llangollen audio
Download Chapter 52: Llangollen, Attempted Murder audio
Download Chapter 53: Pen y Coed audio
Download Chapter 55: Llangollen, Some of the Inhabitants audio
Download Chapter 56: Llangollen, News of the Fall of Sebastopol audio
Download Chapter 57: Pentré y Dwr audio
Download Chapter 58: Sunday at Llangollen audio
Download Chapter 59: Llangollen, History of Twm O’r Nant audio
Download Chapter 60: Twm O’r Nant, his Interludes audio
Download Chapter 61: Walk to Wrexham, Methodistical Volume audio
Download Chapter 62: Rhiwabon Road audio
Download Chapter 63: Last Night at Llangollen audio
Download Chapter 64: Departure for South Wales audio
Download Chapter 65: Inn at Llan Rhyadr audio
Download Chapter 66: Sycharth audio
Download Chapter 67: Llan Silin audio
Download Chapter 68: Llan Silin Church, Tomb of Huw Morris audio
Download Chapter 69: Church of Llan Rhyadr audio
Download Chapter 70: Rhyadr, Mountain Scenery audio
Download Chapter 71: Wild Moors, Arrival at Bala audio
Download Chapter 72: Bala, The White Lion audio
Download Chapter 73: Llyn Tegid audio
Download Chapter 74: Bala to Dinas Mawddwy audio
Download Chapter 75: Inn at Mallwydd audio
Download Chapter 76: Mallwydd and its Church, Cemmaes audio
Download Chapter 77: The Vale of Dyfi audio
Download Chapter 78: Machynlleth audio
Download Chapter 79: Machynlleth, Historic Events audio
Download Chapter 80: Machynlleth to Esgyrn Hirion audio
Download Chapter 81: The Mining Compting Room audio
Download Chapter 82: Inn at Pont Erwyd audio
Download Chapter 83: Conversation at the inn and on the way to the Devil’s Bridge audio
Download Chapter 84: The Devil’s Bridge audio
Download Chapter 85: Dinner at the Hospice audio
Download Chapter 86: Dafydd Ab Gwilym audio
Download Chapter 87: Start for Plynlimmon audio
Download Chapter 88: Plynlimmon, and back to the Devil’s Bridge audio
Download Chapter 90: Spytty Ystwyth audio
Download Chapter 91: Strata Florida, burial-place of Dafydd Ab Gwilym audio
Download Chapter 92: Rhyd Fendigaid to Tregaron audio
Download Chapter 93: Tregaron Church audio
Download Chapter 94: Llan Ddewi Brefi audio
Download Chapter 95: Lampeter to the Bridge of Twrch audio
Download Chapter 96: Llandovery audio
Download Chapter 97: Llandovery Church audio
Download Chapter 98: Llandovery to Gutter Vawr audio
Download Chapter 99: Inn at Gutter Vawr audio
Download Chapter 100: Gutter Vawr to Swansea audio
Download Chapter 101: Swansea audio
Download Chapter 102: Swansea to Neath audio
Download Chapter 103: Town of Neath, the Glowing Mountain audio
Download Chapter 104: Merthyr Tydvil audio
Download Chapter 105: Start for Caerfili audio
Download Chapter 106: Pen y Glas to Caerfili audio
Download Chapter 107: Caerfili audio
Download Chapter 108: Town of Newport audio
Download Chapter 109: Arrival at Chepstow audio
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Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery is a travel book by the English Victorian gentleman writer George Borrow (1803–1881), first published in 1862 and now a classic travel text on Wales and the Welsh. The book recounts Borrow's experiences, insights and personal encounters whilst touring Wales alone on foot after a family holiday in Llangollen in 1854. Although contemporary critics dismissed its whimsical tone, it quickly became popular with readers as a travel book and more importantly as a very lively account of the literary, social and geographical history of Wales. Borrow’s engaging character comes across especially in his meetings with various itinerants – mostly native and peasant – along the muddy Welsh path. Borrow’s keen ear for dialogue may remind us of a Dickens or Trollope, and like the latter his wit and wisdom are rarely absent. Indeed the author has been described as an "eccentric, larger-than-life, jovial man whose laughter rings all through the book". Borrow makes much of his self-taught Welsh and how surprised the natives are by his linguistic abilities – and also by his idiosyncratic pronunciation of their language. He loves to air his knowledge of Welsh culture, especially the Bardic tradition. And like his contemporary, William Wordsworth, he has a habit of quoting verses to the heavens as he walks. As the author finally reaches South Wales towards the end of his account, we meet for the first time evidences of modern industrialism, introduced to the reader in the form of a Dante’s Inferno of coal mines and iron foundries. Today, most will remember and value the book for these and other vivid nineteenth-century landscapes – along with Borrow’s gallery of fascinating, human characters. (SUMMARY BY STEVE GOUGH BASED ON WIKIPEDIA)

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